Stand Down, Trans Fat Fighters

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A May 29, 2007 piece by the Reason Foundation's Ted Balaker cites ACSH:

Some public health experts worry that the battle against trans fat now tilts toward hysteria. The American Council on Science and Health listed "Trans fatty acids cause obesity and heart disease" as its number one unfounded health scare of 2006. Some news reports describe trans fat as "fattier" than other fats, but ACSH notes that all fats contain the same amount of calories. So while there are cholesterol-related reasons to cut back on trans fats, merely trading trans fat for, say, saturated fat will not get our chubby nation any thinner. Indeed if diners reach for the trans fat free fries because they think they're healthier than regular fries, they may end up downing more fries.